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Science Buzz Cafe # 456 @ Gravenstein Grill – Sea Level Rise
SF Bay Area Sea Level Rise
Roger Leventhal, P. E. Senior Engineer Marin Flood Control
Sea Level Rise (SLR) represents one the biggest future threats to the communities, infrastructure and tidal marshes of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Of all nine Bay counties, the densely populated eastern Marin County shoreline is perhaps the most vulnerable and fundamentally threatened by SLR flooding. The science points to an increased flooding risk on a more frequent basis in the future.
Roger will introduce us to the basics of Sea-Level Rise (SLR) and its potential impact around San Francisco Bay with a focus on planning and engineering design efforts for Sea Level Rise (SLR) adaptation. This is about but how the science is being used on the ground for both engineering and planning for what has been described as a “slow-moving disaster. He will highlight examples of completed natural shoreline projects and discuss the state of our knowledge planning and engineering for SLR.
Roger Leventhal, P.E. is a Senior Engineer in Marin County Public Works, Flood Control Division and leads the technical Sea Level Rise studies and adaptation efforts for the County. He is also heavily involved as a technical reviewer for many government and NGOs working around the Bay on SLR
issues. He came to Marin in 2012 after over 25 years as a private consulting engineer for numerous agencies, private companies and NGOs. He has led the designing, permitting, constructing and monitoring of a range of wetland restoration projects that integrate habitat restoration with flood control all across SF Bay with a particular focus on the beneficial reuse of dredged sediments
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